New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has revealed the host cities for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018.
The four host cities and seven match venues will be: Christchurch (Hagley Oval, Rangiora Oval, Bert Sutcliffe Oval and Lincoln No.3), Queenstown (John Davies Oval), Tauranga (Bay Oval) and Whangarei (Cobham Oval).
The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup will be held on New Zealand soil for the third time, following previous events in 2002 and 2010. The 48-match event will take place from 13 January to 3 February 2018.
ICC CEO Dave Richardson said the emergence of former U19 Cricket World Cup participants such as Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Steve Smith and Virat Kohli demonstrated just how important the event was in the evolution of a world class player.
“These are the future stars of cricket, the next generation coming through on to the international stage, said Mr Richardson.
“This tournament is a stepping stone in the development of not just players, but match officials too. I’m looking forward to seeing the next generation compete in New Zealand next year.”
NZC CEO David White said the tournament was a great opportunity for New Zealand to showcase itself on the world stage.
“Cricket World Cup 2015 showed that we really can deliver high calibre events and we’re confident of doing the same again next year.
“Congratulations to the successful host venues – I’m sure they’ll help provide a wonderful tournament and create special memories for all who participate.”
Brendan Bourke, Tournament Director of the LOC for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018, was delighted the tournament would be delivered across such a healthy geographical representation of New Zealand.
“This is an event which will be viewed from the far north to the deep south, and for Whangarei and Queenstown, it’s extra special – given the dearth of international cricket in those regions”.
“All seven venues are uniquely boutique in their own right, with plenty of grass on the embankment to soak up the ability and enthusiasm of the future stars of world cricket. “